Nigeria on Monday recorded 1,368 more COVID-19 cases, hours after the country confirmed that it had entered the fourth wave of the pandemic.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) released the new figure in an update on Monday night.
A breakdown of the daily infection rate showed that the new cases were confirmed in 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
Lagos, with 844 infections, recorded the highest number of cases for the day followed by the FCT with 209 persons contracting the disease.
Other states with newly-infected people include Oyo – 58 cases, Abia – 51, Ondo – 39, Ogun – 30, Kaduna – 26, Delta – 20, Akwa Ibom – 17, and Osun – 15.
Ekiti – 12, Anambra – 7, Zamfara – 7, Cross River – 6, Kano – 6, Kwara – 6, Rivers – 6, Bauchi – 5, Gombe – 3, and Plateau – 1 make up the other states with more infections for the day under review.
Monday’s update takes the number of COVID-19 infections in Nigeria to 225,255 out of which 211,660 have been discharged. But 2,985 deaths have thus far been reported from the disease in the country.
Not Yet Uhuru
Before the figures were released, the agency had earlier said Nigeria has entered the fourth wave of the pandemic.
The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, confirmed this is in a statement in which he urged Nigerians to adhere to approved protocols to combat the disease.
“Nigeria has recorded a 500% increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks across the country caused by the Delta and Omicron variants,” the NCDC boss added.
“As of 19th December 2021, a total of 223,887 cases and 2985 deaths have been recorded in Nigeria across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The country is now in a fourth COVID-19 wave. The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health, as well as NCDC and its partners, are therefore intensifying risk communication efforts to remind Nigerians of the risk we face and need to take collective responsibility to reduce transmission of the virus.”
According to him, the agency is launching a ‘Celebrate Responsibly’ campaign as part of efforts to fight the disease this Yuletide.
“The Celebrate Responsibly campaign calls on all Nigerians to take all necessary precautions for a safe and healthy Christmas and New Year celebration,” he said.